The Importance of Dehumidifiers in Your Home

You may have heard people say that they have a humidifier or dehumidifier in their home, and now you’re wondering if you need one, too. But which is right for your home? And is it really necessary? The Truth About Humidity in the Home On a hot and humid day, it’s nearly impossible to feel completely comfortable. But the effects of humidity inside the home are a little less obvious to some people. When your home has an excess of…

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Important Reasons to Clean Your Air Ducts

Beyond the simple fact that dust collects in air ducts and things that are dusty need cleaned, air ducts can be a host for a number of things far more problematic than dust. From keeping your house free of dust to keeping allergies at bay, there are a number of reasons why keeping your air ducts clean is so important. Allergies & Asthma Circulating contaminants such as dust, dander, and pollen can trigger allergy and asthma reactions. It’s uncomfortable enough…

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Take Steps to Reduce Exposure to VOCs

VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are compounds that have the potential to become harmful vapors or gases. VOCs are released from burning fuel and from many consumer products such as: Cleaning solutions and disinfectants Paint and paint thinner Air fresheners Aerosol sprays Pesticides Stored fuels and automotive supplies Wood preservatives Hobby supplies (glues, paints, and varnishes) If you have a wood burning fireplace, have painted your house recently, or use any cleaning solutions around the house (among a number of…

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Thermostat Settings for Home Comfort

It may feel like you’re in a constant battle over your thermostat, whether it’s not knowing what temperature it should be at different points throughout the day, or knowing what it should be but dealing with other people in your household who have different ideas about the temperature. There’s always somewhat of a disconnect between what temperatures will keep your energy bills low and what temperatures will keep you the most comfortable. At Jennings Heating and Cooling, it’s our goal…

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How to Best Prepare for the Cool Weather Ahead

Wow! This summer just seemed to fly by, and with the mild temps as of late it seems fall is eager to come on the scene. The cooler weather has people thinking about the coming heating season and many are already calling us to have their heating equipment cleaned and checked to ensure it’s running properly before the first big drop in temperature. Remember to schedule your furnace tune-up soon to make sure you aren’t left out in the cold…

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What Causes Indoor Air Problems?

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Pollutant Sources There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any home. These include…

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Biological Pollutants In the Home

Before You Move Protect yourself by inspecting your potential new home. If you identify problems, have the landlord or seller correct them before you move in, or even consider moving elsewhere. Have professionals check the heating and cooling system, including humidifiers and vents. Have duct lining and insulation checked for growth. Check for exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens. If there are no vents, do the kitchen and bathrooms have at least one window apiece? Does the cooktop have a…

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What You Can Do About Biological Pollutants

Before you give away the family pet or move, there are less drastic steps that can be taken to reduce potential problems. Properly cleaning and maintaining your home can help reduce the problem and may avoid interrupting your normal routine. People who have health problems such as asthma, or are allergic, may need to do this and more. Discuss this with your doctor. Moisture Control Water in your home can come from many sources. Water can enter your home by…

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Coping With Biological Pollutants

Checking Your Home There is no simple and cheap way to sample the air in your home to determine the level of all biological pollutants. Experts suggest that sampling for biological pollutants is not a useful problem-solving tool. Even if you had your home tested, it is almost impossible to know which biological pollutant(s) cause various symptoms or health problems. The amount of most biological substances required to cause disease is unknown and varies from one person to the next….

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Talking to Your Doctor About Biological Pollutants

Are you concerned about the effects on your health that may be related to biological pollutants in your home? Before you discuss your concerns with your doctor, you should know the answers to the following questions. This information can help the doctor determine whether your health problems may be related to biological pollution. Does anyone in the family have frequent headaches, fevers, itchy watery eyes, a stuffy nose, dry throat, or a cough? Does anyone complain of feeling tired or…

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